While reporting on this story, I had an amazing time with Bruce Langereis, President of the Delta Group. Showing up at his office, I didn’t know what to expect; Bruce greeted me with a big smile and a firm handshake. We spent a few minutes in his office, chatted about Tower Trip, his upcoming land development projects – and about cycling, as I noticed his very sexy road bike parked right next to his desk. Then we were en route to visit two penthouse units inside The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia. Listed at 18M$, the top penthouse is one of the most luxurious property in the city.

Bruce explained how residential apartments in Vancouver’s Central Business District are becoming a rare thing, as office spaces are the types of projects usually backed up by the city, who reasonably enough prefers building places that will provide jobs first. So in that sense, the luxury and value of owning such a huge space at the epicentre of this business district may be a good investment. Oh, and living in the actual Vancouver landmark that is Hotel Georgia is pretty hard to beat. After a long day at work, getting to enjoy a drink in a place where all the important and influential people meet and connect, is possibly the best thing about living in the CBD.

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A matter of perspective

Working in Yaletown, I ride my bike around Vancouver’s CBD every day. We tend to forget about the heights that surround us when walking around Downtown Vancouver. With those huge mountains (Grouse, Cypress, Fromme, etc.) and the Pacific Ocean wrapping the whole city, it is somehow hard to get a proper sense of of how tall the buildings really are. That is what’s interesting about The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia penthouses : You’re literally above everything and everyone else, with a breathtaking view on the whole city and its suburbs, mountains and beaches.

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*Note that some parts of the units are still not finished in order to give maximum customization options to a future buyer.

Luxury is the Standard

The interior design of both penthouses I visited featured many impressive amenities; custom BBQ counter, high quality wood flooring, impressive soundproofing, tons of light from those huge windows, etc. One detail that caught my attention as Bruce was showing me the magnificent kitchen, is how interior designers actually did not focus on those fashionable overrated Italian kitchen brands, but used budget and space in a wiser way: Bruce and his team spent a lot of time to make sure every unit features the best efficiency for every square foot. Fancy ceiling detail in entry ways, custom walk-in closets that come standard, hallway and door designs that optimize the intimacy and versatility of the space, etc. Normally, you would pay extra charge to get those bonuses. Not here. These are standard.

Additional pictures by Delta Group.

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The patio comes with, to put it simply, Vancouver’s best view. I mean, Bruce could charge tourists more than what the Grouse Grind Gondola does for a peek up here. The full penthouse features a 360 degree view on the city, and again, remember you’re above everything, so you see literally everything! Even those ships parked in front of Jericho Beach look tiny, and so do Stanley Park’s huge cedars.

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The importance to groom a culture

Chatting with Bruce, I listened to his wise words about how important it is, when creating such a huge residential initiative, that you focus and ensure a certain style, a certain culture within the whole building, within every unit. The same way ‘traditional neighbourhoods’ have a vibe, a culture, The Private Residences do have this ‘neighbourhood going up in the sky’ thing. Social gatherings, à la carte condo fees, heartwarming staff, all those little details that end up making a huge difference.

Mr. Langereis had tons of insightful information to share about the penthouses, his vision, the way he worked to build this property, the way he his, the way he thinks, the way he gathers great minds on great projects I’d like to personally thank him for his time and insightful generosity.

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Vincent Malo
Correspondent – Vancouver
Vincent is an Account Supervisor in a top advertising firm in Vancouver. Also a competitive cyclist, he enjoys riding his bike along the West Vancouver scenic roads to explore gorgeous properties with local brokers.